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cork1958    1,863

I bought one of those Motile laptops that was talked about here, https://www.neowin.net/news/techbargains-14-laptop-just-199-440-off-dell-precision-3431-sff-32-1080p-monitor-only-90 from Walmart for my sister in law. Want to upgrade the memory from the current 4GB's to 16GB's but I'm driving myself crazy trying to find EXACTLY what I need. Had the bottom panel of laptop off to look at memory that is in it and I don't think I've ever seen such a small, physical size wise, memory stick, which is the part that's confusing me when looking at images of memory on sites I've looked at.

 

The laptop is a amd ryzen 3 3200u with radeon vega mobile gfx. I know it takes DDR4 2666 memory 2400MHz. 1x SO-DIMM slot

 

Can somebody point me to 16GB stick that they know will work in this thing, please? With all the computer repair people on here, this should be a cinch.

 

Thank you

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Steven P.    15,018

Here's a thought, install CPU-Z

 

You should be able to get the details from the SPD page.

 

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cork1958    1,863

Thanks, Steven. Forgot about that handy little tool.

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Mindovermaster    2,898

You never saw So-DIMM RAM? Or is it just embedded into the motherboard?

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cork1958    1,863
39 minutes ago, Mindovermaster said:

You never saw So-DIMM RAM? Or is it just embedded into the motherboard?

I guess not. Not used to working on newer computers. Usually working on ancient crap that people won't get off of!! Is So-DIMM ram really that small? Thing isn't much bigger than a double a battery.

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Brandon H    3,513
10 minutes ago, cork1958 said:

I guess not. Not used to working on newer computers. Usually working on ancient crap that people can't get off of!! Is So-DIMM ram usually that small?

yeah SO-DIMM laptop memory is about the size of a credit card; slightly shorter. been that way since the Vista days at least so that really shows how long since you've been in a modern laptop lol :rofl::)

 

I'm always partial to G.Skill, they've always been very reliable for me so I'd recommend the following:

 

If you only have one slot to use I'd get the following: https://www.newegg.com/g-skill-16gb-260-pin-ddr4-so-dimm/p/N82E16820232168

 

If you have 2 slots then you can get this: https://www.newegg.com/g-skill-16gb-260-pin-ddr4-so-dimm/p/N82E16820232166

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Jim K    14,444

The memory stick is smack dab in the middle ... beneath a flappy sheet thing.  Don't confuse the nvme or wireless card for the memory.

 

...about two minutes into this video.

 

 

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Mindovermaster    2,898
12 minutes ago, Brandon H said:

yeah SO-DIMM laptop memory is about the size of a credit card; slightly shorter. been that way since the Vista days at least so that really shows how long since you've been in a modern laptop lol :rofl::)

Actually it's been that way since the Windows 98/2000 days. So-DIMM isn't anything new.

 

Think he just meant inside a computer. I don't think laptops, except in the early 90's, ever had normal full stick RAM...

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Matthew S.    1,114

He could have been confusing the NVMe drive for RAM...

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cork1958    1,863
29 minutes ago, Brandon H said:

yeah SO-DIMM laptop memory is about the size of a credit card; slightly shorter. been that way since the Vista days at least so that really shows how long since you've been in a modern laptop lol :rofl::)

 

I'm always partial to G.Skill, they've always been very reliable for me so I'd recommend the following:

 

If you only have one slot to use I'd get the following: https://www.newegg.com/g-skill-16gb-260-pin-ddr4-so-dimm/p/N82E16820232168

 

If you have 2 slots then you can get this: https://www.newegg.com/g-skill-16gb-260-pin-ddr4-so-dimm/p/N82E16820232166

Of course that first link is out of stock!!

19 minutes ago, Jim K said:

The memory stick is smack dab in the middle ... beneath a flappy sheet thing.  Don't confuse the nvme or wireless card for the memory.

 

...about two minutes into this video.

 

 

Sweet.Thanks for that. Hadn't come across that yet.

12 minutes ago, Mindovermaster said:

Actually it's been that way since the Windows 98/2000 days. So-DIMM isn't anything new.

 

Think he just meant inside a computer. I don't think laptops, except in the early 90's, ever had normal full stick RAM...

Ya, inside the computer.

5 minutes ago, Matthew S. said:

He could have been confusing the NVMe drive for RAM...

Now that I've seen the video, I do believe I was.

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+warwagon    13,514
29 minutes ago, Jim K said:

The memory stick is smack dab in the middle ... beneath a flappy sheet thing.  Don't confuse the nvme or wireless card for the memory.

 

...about two minutes into this video.

 

 

It appears that the 2nd ram slot is blocked by the included solid state drive. so to get dual channel memory you have to remove the included ssd and upgrade to an nvme drive to be able to use the 2nd memory slot. Only saw one youtuber mention it.

 

I guess not. just watched another video where he looked for it. and it wasn't there.

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Brandon H    3,513
5 minutes ago, Matthew S. said:

He could have been confusing the NVMe drive for RAM...

ah that makes sense. I hadn't thought of that. Could be easily confused if you're not familiar with NVMe SSDs :)

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Mindovermaster    2,898
1 minute ago, warwagon said:

It appears that the 2nd ram slot is blocked by the included solid state drive. so to get dual channel memory you have to remove the included ssd and upgrade to an nvme to be able to use the 2nd memory slot.

I've seen in some the second slot being behind the keyboard... That was a pain...

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cork1958    1,863
2 minutes ago, Brandon H said:

ah that makes sense. I hadn't thought of that. Could be easily confused if you're not familiar with NVMe SSDs :)

Definitely haven't ever seen or heard of a NVMe drive before!

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+warwagon    13,514
1 minute ago, Mindovermaster said:

I've seen in some the second slot being behind the keyboard... That was a pain...

In those cases I call that "engineers just being an ######"

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Mindovermaster    2,898
Just now, warwagon said:

In those cases I call that "engineers just being an ######"

I've even seen some that are hidden unless you take the whole thing apart..

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Brandon H    3,513
3 minutes ago, cork1958 said:

Definitely haven't ever seen or heard of a NVMe drive before!

also known as m.2 drives if that term is more familiar

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cork1958    1,863
1 minute ago, Mindovermaster said:

I've even seen some that are hidden unless you take the whole thing apart..

Exactly why I've never worked on laptop innards to much before. At least this Motile only has 6 lousy screws to open it up.

1 minute ago, Brandon H said:

also known as m.2 drives if that term is more familiar

Nope LOL

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+warwagon    13,514
17 hours ago, Mindovermaster said:

I've even seen some that are hidden unless you take the whole thing apart..

I saw one where the engineers were a TOAL ###### and put it under the motherboard. So you have to remove the motherboard to change the ram. Even though there was a cover for the wireless card on the bottom, they could have just made the cover bigger to include the ram. total douche bag move.

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Brandon H    3,513
14 minutes ago, cork1958 said:

Of course that first link is out of stock!!

here's another single DIM model https://www.newegg.com/g-skill-16gb-260-pin-ddr4-so-dimm/p/0RM-000H-000H2

 

G.Skill has a few different models but they're all pretty much the same for general use

 

https://www.newegg.com/p/pl?N=100007609 50008476 600567142 601204087 601190333

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+warwagon    13,514
2 minutes ago, Brandon H said:

here's another single DIM model https://www.newegg.com/g-skill-16gb-260-pin-ddr4-so-dimm/p/0RM-000H-000H2

 

G.Skill has a few different models but they're all pretty much the same for general use

 

https://www.newegg.com/p/pl?N=100007609 50008476 600567142 601204087 601190333

One thing i've noticed from the few ryzen computers i've seen is that the integrated video consumes a lot of memory. People who bought computers with 8gb of memory only had 5.9 left. People who bought 12GB units only had 9 left. I'd be curious how much usable ram this had out of the box.

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cork1958    1,863
4 minutes ago, Brandon H said:

here's another single DIM model https://www.newegg.com/g-skill-16gb-260-pin-ddr4-so-dimm/p/0RM-000H-000H2

 

G.Skill has a few different models but they're all pretty much the same for general use

 

https://www.newegg.com/p/pl?N=100007609 50008476 600567142 601204087 601190333

Ya, was just looking over that first one.

 

Thanks

2 minutes ago, warwagon said:

One thing i've noticed from the few ryzen computers i've seen is that the integrated video consumes a lot of memory. People who bought computers with 8gb of memory only had 5.9 left. People who bought 12GB units only had 9 left. I'd be curious how much usable ram this had out of the box.

I'll let you know that later, when I get back home. Have to admit though, dang little computer is quite snappy for only having 4GB's stock.

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Mindovermaster    2,898
4 minutes ago, warwagon said:

One thing i've noticed from the few ryzen computers i've seen is that the integrated video consumes a lot of memory. People who bought computers with 8gb of memory only had 5.9 left. People who bought 12GB units only had 9 left. I'd be curious how much usable ram this had out of the box.

From what I know, ANY integrated, or APU graphics is goiing to eat up your RAM.

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+warwagon    13,514
2 minutes ago, Mindovermaster said:

From what I know, ANY integrated, or APU graphics is goiing to eat up your RAM.

Correct, I just had never seen them consume gigabytes.

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cork1958    1,863
3 minutes ago, warwagon said:

Correct, I just had never seen them consume gigabytes.

If I'm remembering correctly from the one time I checked that out, it still had 3.7GB's free setting idle. Hopefully, that dang sometimer's dementia isn't setting in right now though!! ;)

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